Photo by Craig Baxter.
The Korean deep-sea fishing trawler Melilla 203
sits at the Rattray St Wharf in Dunedin.
The trawler and its sister ship, Melilla 201, have
been berthed in Dunedin since April 3 and March 25,
The Ministry for Primary Industries seized the Melilla
201 in March and cancelled the fishing licences of both
vessels after charges were laid under the Fisheries Act,
including illegally discarding fish at sea and filing ''false
or misleading'' catch returns.
The case had yet to be heard in the Christchurch District
Court, an MPI spokeswoman said yesterday.
A civil case against the owner of Melilla 201 is
claiming $4 million in unpaid and underpaid wages.
Both vessels were owned by Taejin Fisheries Co Ltd, of Busan,
under charter to United Fisheries Ltd.
''The Melilla 201 has been seized by the Government
for naughty fishing practices. It belongs to the New Zealand
Government now,'' a United Fisheries Ltd spokesman said
''The future of Melilla 203 is undecided.''